October 13th is National M&M’s Day!

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Did you know?

The 2 M’s in M&Ms stand for ‘Mars’ and ‘Murrie’ the creators of the candy


Here are today’s five thing to know about M&Ms:

  1. From 1976 to 1985, there were no red M&Ms
  2. Blue M&Ms were introduced in 1995.
  3. M&Ms were taken along on the first space shuttle voyage in 1982.
  4. There are 340 million M&M’s produced daily.
  5. The “M&M” was modeled after a candy Forrest Mars, Sr. encountered while in Spain during the 1930s. During the Spanish civil war there, he observed soldiers eating chocolate pellets with a hard shell of tempered chocolate. This prevented the candies from melting, which was essential when included in soldiers rations as they were.

Today’s Food History

National Yorkshire Pudding Day
St. Colman’s Day, patron of cattle and horses.

  • 54 A.D. Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus, Emperor of Rome A.D. 41-54, died by poisoning. Known as Claudius I, supposedly he…

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Veda from The Unhappy Wife book

K E Garland

unhappy-wifeVeda’s story came recommended by a mutual friend. When I first began speaking with her, she was hesitant. Veda didn’t believe that she was an unhappy wife.

“My husband doesn’t beat me or anything,” she said.

To which I replied, “Good. That’s my point with telling these stories. You don’t have to be in an abusive relationship to be unhappy. You just have to have questioned how you ended up in a situation, married to this man.”

Veda agreed to open up to me. I was grateful.

At the time of our conversation, her husband had suffered a stroke about a year prior. The effects of his illness were numerous. Basically, Veda had gone from having a helpful partner to being somewhat of a caregiver, while continuing to mother three daughters and working a fulltime job.

Concept: I knew I wanted to present Veda as a committed wife for several…

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Casting Bricks – Jilly’s October Challenge

Jilly's

Casting Bricks to Attract Jade

Jilly’s October Challenge!

Welcome, again, my Poetic Friends, to another round of Collaborative Poetry; I’m thrilled to have you here!  October has arrived and I am eagerly looking forward to the new challenge of Casting Bricks to Attract Jade. The September Challenge remains open if you would care to go back and read any of the poems posted there.  We had some unique artistic works come out of the month, many fueled by the Renga Challenges posed by Qbit.  Let’s get October going; here’s how it works:

  1. Write a half poem and post it to your blog with a link or tag back to this page (Jilly’s October Challenge). If your Challenge poem is a form (sonnet, quadrille, etc.) please state as such and give a quick review of the form or a link to a site that does that for you.
  2.  Stop by…

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Do you know the visibility of your website?

Jean's Writing

Want to know how your blog is doing?

Well, there is an easy, great way to assess, improve and create a better website.

After reading the post from Story Empire Blog below, I followed one of the links provided (WEBSITE GRADER) and here is what I discovered about my blog.

Yay, at last, I managed to get the security part right. But let’s look a little deeper.

First up Performance, grade 22/30.

Hmm, looks like my HTTP requests need to come down. But not bad.

Uh Oh, got an X. I must confess that JavaScript and CSS stuff always leaves me scratching my head. But this weekend I will read up a little on it. After all who wants an X?

Alright, alright! 30/30 on Mobile! Moving on…

To SEO. Another scary, confusing acronym that totally baffles me. No wonder my website scored 15/30 AND received a big fat X in two…

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Spicy beef & vegetable stir fry

Recipes by chefkreso

First time I made stir fry I didn’t even have a wok to cook it in. I searched for a recipe, since a friend of mine told me I had to try it out, you have to understand it was years ago when such dishes weren’t even on the menus of restaurants in Zagreb. After finding the recipe, the only thing left was to actually find a store selling all of the ingredients needed, even felt like I was on a treasure hunt. Nevertheless I found all the ingredients and used the largest pan I had to prepare it in.

It was so simple to make and all of those flavours got me to fall in love with this way of preparing vegetables and meat. After that, I got a wok for my birthday and until today I’ve cooked in it so much that I’ve replaced it a couple of…

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Haiku Review | To This Day | a short film

the secret keeper

HAIKU REVIEW CHALLENGE

The Challenge is to write a HAIKU REVIEW after watching the short film  To This Day. Feel free to write in Single – Couplet – Triplet Haiku Verses using 17 syllables per verse . Lines in 5-7-5 . Try to Review the short film below as close to your interpretation of what you viewed and how all your senses responded to it. Think of it as looking at a moveable painting.

If you decide to take on the HAIKU REVIEW CHALLENGE . Leave your Haiku in the Comment Section of this post on ‘the secret keeper’ . so others will be able to view what you have created. I will be posting my own HAIKU REVIEW just above the video of To This Day.

If this film doesn’t inspire . don’t worry. A new short film will appear every Friday for you to try your…

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